Johnson Is P1 At Bristol
Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.
His pole lap was at 123.475 mph.
“Go to a driver and ask them to hold their hand out and based on how much their hand shakes or doesn’t shake, you can see how close to the edge they were,” Johnson said. “My hands are trembling. That car was extremely loose. I ran the second lap because I didn’t think that first lap was fast enough. I was steering right the entire way through the turn, trying to give it some gas. The old saying that loose is fast worked really well.”
It was the second pole of the season for the Hendrick Motorsports driver and 24th of his career.
He will be going for his sixth victory of the season on Saturday night.
Second fastest was Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards. He had a fast lap at 122.937 mph.
“We have won some races here in all three divisions and it takes a perfect car, and it’s gonna take perfect pit strategy too because it’s very hard to pass,” Edwards said. “Even though it’s three lanes wide, you’re gonna see a lot of guys frustrated with one another and that’s why this starting spot is so important.”
Joey Logano of Joe Gibbs Racing, who won the pole for the spring race at Bristol, qualified third fastest.
Tony Stewart was fourth fastest.
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